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Drug Enforcement Administration

New Jersey

Susan A. Gibson, Special Agent in Charge

September 02, 2020

Contact: Timothy P. McMahon

Phone Number: (973) 776-1143

Union County woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine

NEWARK, N.J. – Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division, Susan A. Gibson, and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Craig Carpenito, announced a Union County, New Jersey, woman was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for possessing with intent to distribute over 900 grams of methamphetamine.

Lorena Marquez, 48, of Union Township, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an information charging her with one count of possession with intent to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine. Judge Wigenton imposed the sentence by videoconference today; she sentenced Marquez to 108 months in prison on the drug count and 12 months in prison, to be served consecutively, for violation of supervised release.

In 2019, during a combined federal and local investigation targeting narcotics trafficking in northern New Jersey, law enforcement learned that Marquez stored and sold crystal methamphetamine at a self-storage facility in Jersey City. Law enforcement officials ultimately executed a search of Marquez’s storage unit and recovered approximately two pounds of crystal methamphetamine from the unit. Marquez was arrested the same day.

In addition to the prison term, Marquez was sentenced five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito credited special agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson, with the investigation and arrest.

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